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Top 5 Casio Synths Of All Time

Casio is one of those musical instrument companies that has made more models than it is even possible to know, so this list is mostly for fun. But here are 5 Casio synths made by Casio that have reached near legendary status!

5. CT-401 is a preset analog synth that was released in the early 1980s. It was the first Casio synth to feature “auto accompaniment”

CT-401

4. HT-700 was a digital/analog hybrid fully programmable synth that was marketed as a children’s toy! It has fully programmable 8 bit drums, and an analog filter!

HT-700

3. SK-1 brought audio sampling to the masses at the lowest price ever seen in the mid 80s! My parents bought me one of these as a kid, and I drove everyone absolutely INSANE with this thing. They have been circuit bent and used as is on countless albums at this point!

Casio SK1

2. FZ-1 is a fully imagined digital synth and sampler from the mid 80s. It had 16 bit sampling, which at the time was never seen before it this price point.

FZ-1

1.  CZ-101 is like all the other CZ series, which means it’s a Phase Distortion Synthesizer. This was Casio’s unique innovation in digital synthesis. It has a cleaner character than Yamaha’s FM synthesis, but is capable of producing some similar sounds, as well as more analog sounding sounds. What made the 101 superior to it’s bigger brothers in my opinion is the compact size!

CZ-101

Be sure to check out the plugins section of this website for plenty of Casio samples and VSTis!

Mothman VST Synthesizers | Download Free | Mothman Z3000 1000 2000 1966

Several years ago I made some VST software synthesizers for Windows called the Mothman Series. The Mothman 1000 was the first one. It combined subtractive synthesis with FM synthesis and an oscilloscope to make some really unique sounds. Shortly after that I released the Mothman 1966 and then the Mothman Z3000 which is a Casio CZ-3000 emulator (BTW, I made my CZ emulator years before it became trendy) hehe. Now everyone seems to be making one. The Mothman 1966 is a really unique simple subtractive synth with custom waveforms. Later I reworked the original Mothman 1000 and added some improvements and called it the Mothman 2000 (my personal favorite of the 4).

Anyway, the original download links went down and many people have been asking me for them. I’ve been meaning to put them up somewhere, but wanted to wait until I got a real site up and running again. I have that now, so here is the entire mothman plugin set to download for FREE!! They’ll run on Windows or Linux (with wine). DOWNLOAD HERE AND UNRAR TO YOUR VST DIRECTORY! password if needed = themothmanreturns

 

mothman1000

Mothman 1000

mothman1966

Mothman 1966

mothman2000

Mothman 2000

mothmanz3000

Mothman Z3000

 

Need a sweet MIDI controller for these synths? Check this one out!